Alumni of University of Auckland Making Their Mark in the World: Mike Rann, Lucy Lawless, and Others
The largest university in New Zealand, University of Auckland, is also the highest-ranked university in the country and stands at the 87th spot in the 2016/17 list of best universities in the world of QS World University Rankings. The university was established in the year 1883 and currently has six campuses and eight faculties. More than 40,000 students attend the University of Auckland.
Needless to say, the university has several notable alumni who are making their mark throughout the world. Some of the most famous ones are-
• Mike Rann
Mike Rann was the 44th Premier of South Australia who was first elected as the Premier in 2002 and was then re-elected in 2006 and 2010. Throughout his illustrious political career, South Australia went through a major transformation and became a more economically stable state.
After resigning from the Parliament in 2011, Mike Rann was appointed as a professor at Flinders University and as a visiting fellowship at University of Auckland. He is now the CEO of Rann Strategy Group and Australia’s Ambassador to San Marino, Italy, Libya and Albania.
• Vincent Cheng
Cheng is the first ever Chinese CEO of HSBC Holdings plc. He was also the first ever Chinese Chairman of the HSBC Bank between 2005 and 2010. He did his Master of Philosophy in Economics from University of Auckland and first joined the HSBC in the year 1978 as an assistant in the Group Finance department.
In 1995, he was appointed as the Member of Executive Council and was also a Member of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council. In the year 2008, he was appointed as the Member of National Committee of CPPCC.
• Helen Clark
Helen Clark was 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand and served the country between 1999 and 2008. She was the first women to be elected as a Prime Minister in New Zealand and held the office for 5th longest duration. Helen graduated from University of Auckland in the year 1974 and was already an active member of the Labor Party of New Zealand when she was a teenager.
In 2005, Clark was awarded the Star of Solomon Islands Award and UN’s Environment Program Champions of the Earth Award in 2008 due to her role in promoting sustainability initiatives as the Prime Minister of New Zealand.
• Lucy Lawless
Popular for playing the role of Xena in Xena: Warrior Princess, Lucy Lawless is another University of Auckland alumnus. Lucy was born on 29th of March in 1968 and started acting when she was in secondary school. She also won the Mrs. New Zealand competition in the year 1989 when she was only 21.
She debuted on TV as a cast member of Funny Business which was followed by a role in the film Hercules and the Amazon Women. Apart from popular television shows, like Battlestar Galactica, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Salem, Lucy has also worked in several movies, like Spiderman, Justice League: The New Frontier, and Boogeyman.
Many of the University of Auckland’s alumni are doing incredible work in their field and bringing more glory to the university. Apart from the natural talent of its students, the University too has played an integral role in encouraging the students to be what they are today.